It’s been quite a while since I posted any Engrish here on the blog. From Tiny Grass is Dreaming to my most popular post of all time, the Fuckin’ Sale, there just hasn’t been as much catching my eye the longer I’ve lived here. Well, it’s time to dust off the tags with this special from a 3D Printing Cafe here in Tokyo!
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Today is 十五夜 Jugoya, the day for お月見 Otsukimi, or moon viewing. Essentially a harvest festival, it takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the old solar calendar. It happens to line up with the Chinese Autumn festival as well as the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok. In Japan we traditionally eat Tsukimi Dango, cute little mochi dumplings, and decorate with pampas grass while enjoying the beautiful full moon.
Here’s a cute wallpaper of Gunma-chan set up with his grass and dumplings, just perfect for watching the rabbits in the moon making mochi (as they do.) By the way, today is apparently the Super Moon, so it should be lovely for gazing at while nibbling on dango–or moon cakes! Even McDonald’s gets in on the act here with special Moon Viewing Burgers that have a fried egg on them. This year’s version even has mushrooms! Would you eat it?
To celebrate this holiday I Continue reading
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Haägen-Dazs Japan’s late summer flavors were on point this year, bringing some of the strongest offerings I’ve seen yet. From the Lemon Ginger Float to the Chocolat Mint to the Coffee Vanilla, it was a delicious slate that will keep a prize place in the freezer of my heart.
First up, the Chocolat Mint (yes, French spelling–isn’t that fancy?) was a rockstar covered in diamond dust. For the past few Continue reading
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When I was in the states over the summer I got a chance to catch Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course I fell in love with Groot, and you already know my penchant for oyaji gags, so this just had to be done. I also apparently really like drawing guys in suits. As always, feel free to check me out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook 🙂
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Well, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Pika Pika Fantajin has been out for a few weeks now, and has done fairly well for itself. Reasonably favorable reviews in the Western press, combined with reaching number one on the Oricon charts are all solid achievements for the Harajuku-moppet turned International Ambassador of Kawaii. This song hasn’t had an associated video released, but it’s a fun little ditty with a nice poppy melody. It’s no Yume no Hajima Ring Ring, but it fits well on the overall album. Check out my other translations from this album, with Family Party, Hitomi Serious and Kira Kira Killer. And as always, feel free to follow along on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook 🙂
This is my personal translation! Feel free to share it, but as always, PLEASE CREDIT AND LINK BACK 🙂
Under the cut, the lyrics for Tokyo Highway orトーキョーハイウェイ:
The internet veritably exploded today with the news that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat. Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, is currently curating an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum, and in her talks with Sanrio came to the conclusion that Miss Kitty is not, in fact a cat.
While everyone has been throwing their Continue reading
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We had just gotten back from lunch, when my lovely supervisor sidled up to my desk.
“Psst…Alice, you should go to the meeting room.”
I didn’t think I was missing a meeting, and she didn’t seem stressed or worried. If anything, there was a sneaky, playful feeling. Were we going to hide in the air conditioning, away from the sweltering staff room?
“And you should bring your phone!”
Now I knew something was up.
When I got there, Continue reading
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One of my absolute favorite things about Japan is the profusion of shaved ice in the summer time. From the Dom Pérignon shaved ice at the Grand Prince Takanawa (it’ll set you back a cool ¥30,000, or about $300, but it serves seven!) to the surprisingly passable ¥134 special at the 7-11, there’s options to satisfy every craving.
Recently I had an urge for a somewhat traditional style, so I decided to check out the tea room at the United Arrows in Harajuku. A good ways away from the crushing Continue reading
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Tagged brown sugar, coffee, dango, Harajuku, Japan, Japanese food, kakigori, kinako, mochi, shaved ice, streamer, summer, Tokyo, united arrows